The best CrossFit shoes

The training shoes is something basic in CrossFit . If you're just starting out, you'll soon notice that people are wearing a slightly different type of clothing and accessories than in a traditional gym.

This type of footwear, although it may not seem so at first glance, it is necessary to perform wods properly and maintain shoe integrity.

Today we are going to look at the different models you can find for CrossFit with their main differences and functions.

Are CrossFit shoes necessary?

This is the most frequently asked question among those people who have just started with this sport. No accessory is essential, but the shoes are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

In my opinion the first thing you should buy because:

  • With a running shoe you will feel unstable when lifting weights.
  • If the shoe is not intended for CrossFit you are more likely to break it in exercises such as: rope climb, wall climbs

Although new models appear every year, a CrossFit shoe is an investment for many years to come. If you have each shoe for your use you will save money.

If you use a running shoe for CrossFit you're likely to break it and have to buy a new running shoe + CrossFit shoe. At least that's how it happened to me.

Shoes for wods

In this case, as we are going to find all kinds of exercises, we want a versatile shoe. It can be used for running, for a rope climb, or for snatching. These are the different options we have:

 Models 2023

We started the year with the launch of the Nano X3.

Reebok Nano X3

reebok nano x3

Tribase Reign 5

tribase reign 5

 Models 2022

Metcon 8

nike metcon 8 sneakers

Reebok Nano X2


Zoom Metcon Turbo 2

zoom metcon nike

Tribase Reign 4

tribase reign 4

XERO 360

xero 360 crossfit shoes

 Models 2021

Metcon 7

metcon 7

Reebok Nano X1

nano x1

React Metcon Turbo

metcon react turbo


Athletes such as Dani Speegle or Scott Panchik are the image of this brand of sportswear and footwear.

inov-8 crossfit shoes
Inov-8 F-LITE G300

 2020 Models

Nike Metcon 6

The model that coexists with the Metcon 7. It is a good time to buy them at a very good price.

Nike Free X Metcon 3

Third installment of the Free X Metcon models that combine the Free running models with the Metcon models. Find out all the news and see which models are the most beautiful in the following article.

Reebok Nano X

The tenth edition of the Reebok Nano X arrives in the same year that the contract with CrossFit ends. This model seems to bring some changes such as the width in the front of the shoe. More info in the following article:

Under Armour TriBase Reign 2

The second edition of the Tribase Reign is here! I really liked the first ones. Very very stable and the ones that made me feel more "glued" to the ground. I'm looking forward to try this second version. If you dare to try them before I do .... let me know!

2019 Models

Under Armour HOVR™ Rise

The HOVR Rise model has pleasantly surprised me in terms of comfort, especially when compared to the "harder" model, the TriBase Reign.

under armour crossfit shoe

The HOVR Rise is more versatile and lighter with an 8 mm drop while the Tribase is 4 mm.

We were able to see James Newbury (UA sponsored athlete) wear them during the final day at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

You can learn more about this particular model in the HOVR Rise specific review.

Reebok Nano 9

Reebok surprises in 2019 with a new model with a much changed design. The look is reminiscent of the metcon 4 and the old Reebok logo is back. In this article you have a detailed analysis of the nano 9 shoes.

nano 9 buy

Beyond aesthetics, the Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 was presented as the "Nano for all" ("for everyone"), the most dynamic and advanced CrossFit shoe to date,

It has been designed together with the CrossFit community, for the CrossFit community.. The result is an evolution in terms of comfort and fit. Among the technical features of the Nano 9, the following stand out:

  • Usability: CrossFit-specific sole design®features MetaSplit grooves for better traction and grip.
  • More powerful baseThe wider toe cap provides a comfortable fit and more power in every movement.
  • Long-lasting comfortFlexweave upper provides breathability, security and durability. In addition, increased cushioning in the toe box translates into greater running comfort.
  • Exceptional stabilityThe new Nano model features a minimal sole drop for a more stable footprint.

Where to buy?

If you are one of those who like to buy on official websites of the brand, this model is no longer available on the official website.

You may find this model on Amazon.

Reebok Nano 9, Sneakers...
  • Ideal for: CrossFit workouts, cardio workouts and weight training....
  • Low-cut design for faster transitions

Shoes for weightlifting

After having gone into detail on the specification of each training shoe, you will now understand a little better the meaning of the different shoes and have the necessary information to make a good purchase.

My recommendation if you're just starting out is a Metcon because they will serve you for everything.

Little by little you will see if, once this basic need is covered, you want to make a small investment in more specific shoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use them for running?

No, CrossFit shoes are designed for high intensity sport, although it is true that in some WODs you have to run, they are usually short distances. The Murph is one of the WODs with a longer distance, 1600 meters, but it is something exceptional.

The sole is too hard for longer distances, so it is advisable to use a running shoe. Prolonged use of CrossFit running shoes may cause injury.

Do I need weightlifting shoes?

The quick answer is NO. In CrossFit nothing is mandatory, not even the t-shirt!

On the other hand, if you have mobility problems they can help you while you work to improve flexibility.

If you start dedicating more time to weightlifting, this is certainly the right shoe for you.

Put on your shoes and enjoy your workout!